‘My education will not end:’ Hispanic Student on Higher Education Experience in Central Nebraska – Nebraska Public Media | News

by | Jun 22, 2022 | Education

University of Nebraska at KearneyUNK’s undergraduate census from last fall indicates 13% of its full-time students identifying as Latino or Hispanic. The school enrolls 226 more Hispanic students now than ten years ago.Kelly Bartling, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, said the school could get HSI recognition in 20-30 years, with more concerted efforts.“What we’re looking at is if we can be more intentional with our marketing and recruiting and build on some of the successful programs that we’ve already put into place,” Bartling said.Bartling said the school plans to get mobile with its recruiting and awareness efforts. It wants to offer more events that will interest Hispanic people around the state.She said there are many reasons why UNK wants to be an HSI.“We need to look at the population that we’re serving, and our student body needs to match the population that we serve,” Bartling said. “When you look at the benefits that come from being a Hispanic Serving Institution, they’re tremendous. We would qualify for federal aid that we aren’t qualified for now. There are resources and opportunities that become available to our students and ourselves as an institution.”Many Hispanic students at the school come from Dawson County (includes Lexington), Hall County (Grand Island), and Buffalo County (Kearney). The highest populated county in the state for Hispanic people is Douglas Co …

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